Responding to the findings of the Health Foundation working paper Labour market change and the international mobility of health workers, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: “We welcome the findings of this timely working paper, especially as they apply to the UK healthcare workforce in a post-Brexit environment.
“We have long been of the opinion that in order to make sure our health service is sustainable and fit for the future, we must embrace the vital contribution of our talented colleagues from overseas. It is well established that the NHS is facing a severe workforce shortage and cannot rely on domestically trained staff alone. Employers want and need a future immigration system that is responsive, agile and easy-to-use for both them and those applying to roles in the UK, to support international recruitment.
“These findings also support our view that the proposed £30,000 salary threshold for so-called ‘skilled workers’ is ill-judged, especially as demand remains extremely high for staff who are highly skilled but do not meet this threshold, such as care workers and nurses.”